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Committee endorses YMCA study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) The Berlin Falls Park Committee last Thursday decided it’s probably worth $20,000 to find out how realistic would it be to put a YMCA on the 60-acre former industrial site. Committee members voted unanimously to recommend a feasibility study estimated to cost about that much. “We know for… Read more »

Christmas season kicks off Friday in downtown Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells remembers her first Christmas in the town four years ago, when she had just moved from Sykesville to take over the position formerly held by Michael Day. Her first impression was “that Berlin loves Christmas,” she said. “The entire community… Read more »

Artists Giving Back event on Flower St. seeking donations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) A local nonprofit group is looking for some last-minute help with the annual “Artists Giving Back” event that has provided hundreds of hot meals for local people in need. The event is hosted on Giving Tuesday each year by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee. This year, that… Read more »

Worcester Youth honors ‘outstanding’ citizens

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services honored seven local people who made outstanding contributions to the community during the Berlin-based organization’s open house last Friday. Recognized were “Outstanding Supporter” Judge Peggy Kent and “Outstanding Contributors” Pat Oltman, Helen Wiley, Carol Rose and Suzanne Parks, and Mary Yenney and… Read more »

Mural project benefits Buckingham

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) The Young Audiences program, begun in Baltimore, may bill itself as “the nation’s largest arts education network,” but its impact locally has been in Berlin. The nonprofit group recently sent artist Amanda Pellerin to Buckingham Elementary School there to work with students on a massive mural project made… Read more »

County orders OPA Swim and Racquet park area restored

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Worcester County officials have ordered Ocean Pines to restore the swim and racquet club park area to open space and the association has provided a timeline to do so, based on correspondences from both parties. A resident group for months has fought to have bulkhead-staging materials removed from… Read more »

O’Brien to help lead first recovery house in Worcester

By Josh Davis Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) A year ago Brandon O’Brien was sleeping in his car on back roads and in parking lots near Ocean Pines, thinking about taking his own life after struggling with drug addiction for close to a decade. Today, he’s turned his life around and was recently named the house… Read more »

Pines Police quarters called cramped, unsafe

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) The Ocean Pines Police headquarters was an architectural afterthought and it shows, according to Police Chief David Massey. The Ocean Pines Administration Building was constructed in the 1980s, when police were moved there from quarters shared with the fire department. Space was made for six officers “and it… Read more »

Carozza topples Mathias in senate race

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor and Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 8, 2018) A changing of the guard took place Tuesday as Republican Delegate Mary Beth Carozza became Senator Carozza, besting incumbent Democrat Jim Mathias in the highly contested race for Maryland State Senate in District 38. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections,… Read more »